Tips for Packing Glass and Other Fragile Materials

One of the more stressful tasks to take on during a move is packing up all that glass, fine china, and other fragile goods. Some opt to use bubble wrap and heavy boxes, others newspaper and crates. Whatever packaging material you decide to use, check out these tips to up your glass packing game.

Use Appropriate Packing Material

Don’t store fragile items with heavy or blocky items. During the move, large items can shift and shatter light, delicate glasses or crack the plastic on fragile electronics. Store your glass together and don’t be afraid to use multiple boxes full of packing material. There are various types of packing material:

  • Newspaper: Readily available, recyclable and biodegradable. Newspaper can be used to wrap glass plates and bowls, or to stuff inside delicate vases and cups. Make sure all the glass is covered and use excess newspaper to fill empty spaces in the box. Newspaper isn’t the best packing material for electronics.
  • Bubble wrap: While not biodegradable, this light-weight, flexible plastic can also be used to wrap electronics outside of glass. You can also ball it up and stuff it in empty spots to provide more cushioning and support.
  • Packing Peanuts: Usually made of Styrofoam, packing peanuts are not eco-friendly and a bit messy, but can help fill up empty spots in boxes more so than other packaging materials. Use these to add cushioning and fill the box rather than engulf your items with just these entirely. If you’re worried about the environment, consider biodegradable starch peanuts instead.

You’re not restricted to just one of these, so use a combination to minimize the chance of glass or fragile items breaking.

Prepare Against Inclement Weather

If you’re moving during winter, keep in mind that cold temperatures can cause glass to become brittle. You’ll want to pack a little more thoroughly or use more packing supplies to ensure the safety of your products. For rainy weather, make sure your packing supplies don’t get wet. Bubble wrap and Styrofoam peanuts will be all right. Newspaper and biodegradable starch peanuts will not fare well in wet conditions and could fall apart, resulting in loss of cushioning for your glass items.

Also keep in mind the road conditions during the move. If there has been heavy snow, consider how the moving van may brake or turn in these conditions. Slippery roads could encourage the truck and its items to slide or bump around. When packing up the moving van, make sure your glass is secured with no heavy items on top and make sure it is unable to slide or fall during the move.

What’s in the Box Matters

If you can, try to use cardboard wine cases to move your glass. The divided sections within the box are made to provide support to glass items so use this to your advantage. Other boxes to consider are thicker walled or heavier bottomed boxes. In addition to thicker walls, these can also provide support and minimize tipping during the move. When packing your box, put non-fragile items on the bottom and pack your glass on top. Make sure your glass is packed together but don’t overpack! Leave some space at the top so you can fill it with some more helpful packing materials.

If you’re unsure whether your glass is safe, check out our post featuring some of the packaging material we offer our customers. If you’ve still go questions, give All Reasons Moving a call. Our experienced workers can help you figure out what packing materials are best for your move.

Proper Packing Materials for Shipping

Packing BoxesHaving the right tools, boxes and packing supplies can make moving a breeze. Whether you are moving across town or overseas, moving an entire home or office, or just packing up things to mail, do your research when it comes to the proper wrapping and protecting of precious cargo, before placing them inside a box or crate. Most moving companies sell packing materials and there are also local packaging stores in your area that sell both new and used materials. Stores such as JDM Packing Supplies have a wide range of boxes and packing materials. All Reasons Moving is located in San Jose and stocks a wide range of packing supplies and boxes. All Reasons is open to the public Monday thru Friday.

Computers and Electronics. Many of today’s sensitive electronic devices need protective anti-static wrap as part of their immobilization inside a crate. Static can build up easily, and even slight static contact can damage sensitive circuit boards and delicate electronics. Be sure to order anti-static bubble wrap, and wrap your items with bubbles facing outwards.
Perishables. If you are shipping perishables, personal medications or any organic material requiring refrigeration, we recommend using cold packs. Cold packs ensure freshness (flavor, color, preservation from bacteria) for about 24 hours, and are leak proof. They come in a variety of widths, thicknesses and shapes. Their effectiveness is increased when combined with insulated box liners.

– Insulated box liners are designed to insulate any container very affordably. They preserve the low temperatures of cold pack materials while being of relatively low weight, keeping shipping costs down. Unused liners store flat until ready for use.
An “Ice Blanket” is a reusable, liquid filled, flexible cover that wraps easily around varying sizes and shapes of products. It can also be cut to accommodate smaller pieces. Ice blankets are FDA compliant, so that they are safe to use near food-grade materials.

– Short-Term Cold Preservation. For short-term moves, a “Cool Shield” bubble wrap, also FDA compliant in case of use with food, is appropriate. At almost ¼ inch thick, its foil-laminated cells cool and protect delicate items, like pharmaceuticals, personal medications, plants, chocolates, etc. The Cool Shield protects from water condensation and “sweating” in extreme temperatures, and acts as a general water barrier.
Note: When moving locally computers can be wrapped in moving pads and you are fine putting food and medications in an ice chest.  When moving cross country you should not transport food or other perishable items with the moving company.
Call All Reasons Moving at 408-240-0244 for a no-cost, no-obligation estimate for all your moving needs.

Packing Your Kitchen for Moving

Packing your kitchen dishes and stemware properly for moving is essential to making sure everything gets to the final destination without casualties. Packing & moving is stressful and everyone always worries about packing properly.  Following our instructions you can be sure everything gets to the other end without any damage.  The key to successful packing is PAPER. You want to use lots of paper to wrap the dishes and glasses.

Supplies Needed:

  • Newspaper or Newsprint
  • Boxes (dish packs are thicker and sturdier for packing breakables)
  • Tape
  • Marker

Tips for packing:

  • First place a table pad or cardboard box on your table to protect the table from scratching
  • Then gather up all your supplies
  • Lay out a stack of paper (you can use newspaper but the ink can be messy, newsprint is cleaner)
  • Set the items to be packed on the table so you can reach them easily and don’t have to walk back and forth to the cupboards
  • After you have a box built crumble some paper in the bottom of the box (dish packs are best for breakables because the box is thicker and more sturdy)
  • Then starting with your plates you can begin wrapping your breakables and placing them in the box TIP: Plates are strongest when stood on end and not laying down
  • Put a couple sheets of paper in between each layer as you are packing
  • The top row of your box you can put lighter items such as stemware or tuperware
  • Place a few sheets of paper on the top and close the box
  • Always remember to label the top and sides of all your boxes
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Moving Tips: How To Pack Wine for Moving

Moving Tip: If you’re moving locally in San Jose you don’t need a special wine box to pack wine when moving a short distance, just use a book box. The special boxes are expensive.

Moving tip: We do recommend special boxes if you are moving cross country. Those boxes have Styrofoam inserts to help protect against temperature changes when traveling cross country.Steps for Packing Wine for Moving :

  • Place crumbled paper on the bottom of a book box
  • Wrap each bottle in paper and lay them down in the box. The paper will help to keep them cool and create padding so the bottles do not break.
  • Leave a couple inches at the top of the box for more paper and seal your box.
  • Label the box on the top and sides “wine” so you can locate them easily at the new house.

Bonus moving tip: If you do not plan on unpacking the wine right away simply place the box(es) in a cool spot and they will be fine until you get around to unpacking.

Read more moving tipsHow to make a moving box, and Packing and Moving Food.

How to Make a Moving Box

Making a moving box is really pretty simple. Watch as we build a moving box and give you some tips to make packing easier.

  • Folding the top flaps down make it easier to pack. You don’t have to reach as far down into the box and you can clearly see where the top of the box is so you don’t over fill the box.
  • After your box is packed make sure to tape the top of your box, this makes stacking easier.
  • As soon as a box is packed tape it and label it, if you wait to label you will forget what is inside.

How to make a Moving Box

Packing Dishes

Packing Dishes

Packing Dishes


When packing dishes and breakables you should always use lots of paper. If you pick up a box and it makes noise you haven’t used enough paper and chances are something is going to break during transportation. Everything will make it safely to it’s destination if it’s packed properly. There are special boxes called dish packs for packing dishes and breakables. These boxes are thicker and sturdier than regular boxes and are the recommended for packing breakables.

Start with the plates
–    Crumble some paper and layer the bottom of the box. This helps to cushion the box.
–    Wrap each plate in paper
TIP:  Always stand plates up inside the box. Laying them flat can cause the
plate to crack.
–    Make rows with the plates on the bottom of the box. You should be able to get two or three rows on the bottom of a dish pack depending on plate size
–    Next layer a few sheets of paper on top of your first row of dishes
–    Next layer can be bowls
–    Layer a few sheets of paper on top of that row
–    Then next layer of cups or glasses and top off with more paper to cushion the top of the box

Think of it like layering a cake
–    Paper, Plates, Paper,  Bowls,  Paper,  Cups or glasses

Fill the box to the top. A full box is more sturdy than a partially filled box and makes stacking easier.

Don’t want to pack yourself All Reasons can do it for you! We customize the move to meet your needs so if you just want us to pack the breakables and you do the rest of the packing that’s fine with us. We will do as much or as little as you want.


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